On 21 November, voters in Groningen will be able to elect their new city council. Part of the local international community can also vote in this election, but unfortunately this rarely happens. Few international residents are aware of Groninger municipality politics, the inner workings of the political system, and the choices one can make in it.
Therefore, we feel it is important to inform new Groningers about local politics, and to do our best to involve them in discussions about the future of our city. Because of this, City Central and SIB-Groningen will organise an English Crash Course about Groningse local politics, on Thursday 1 November. This evening is hosted at the beautiful Oude Raadzaal at the City Hall. We will begin with a short, accessible lecture about the different levels of Dutch politics given by RUG researcher Stefan Couperus. How is the system put together? Who decides what? What topics are trending? After that, we will have an interview with an experienced local political player, Fleur Woudstra, who will talk about her time in local politics. There will also be time for questions from the audience. The crash course will begin at 20:00 and will take around 90 minutes, with drinks afterwards.